The Robert Henri Museum is located in the former home of the town’s founder John
Cozad. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is said to
be the oldest brick building in Dawson County. Built in 1878-79 its interior has been
restored to its appearance at the time the Cozad family lived there.
In 1882, John Cozad killed a rancher during an argument and immediately left the area
and disappeared as he was indicted for murder. The other members of the Cozad family
left Nebraska in 1884 and all assumed new identities in New York City. Robert Henry
Cozad, who was nineteen years old when he left Nebraska, changed his name to Robert
Henri. Henri would go on to become a world-famous painter and art instructor. But it
was here in Cozad, Nebraska that Henri showed the early signs of becoming the
talented artist that he later became. The museum has five exhibits
telling the story of the family and the career of Robert Henri.